Sunday, August 15, 2010
Vintage Trescothick at his best
Yesterday on the finals day, I was lucky to catch one of my all time favourite cricketers on telly, someone, who can smash the bowling to smithereens with his power hitting and at the same time, can take the mickey out of the bowlers by playing a deft shot. Yes, I am thinking about former England's and Somerset's trailblazer Marcus Trescothick.
I am not a fan of power hitters, but unlike many other power hitters, Tres makes power hitting watchable as he usually plays cricketing shots and his game is also a mixture of power hitting and shots that requires deft touches. Yesterday, he took a Notts attack that consisted of bowlers like Nannes, Broad, Swann, Patel and co. to the cleaners. Tres looked in supreme touch as he nonchalantly lofted, flicked and pulled Barbie out of the attack, put the tearaway Nannes to the sword by playing upper cuts, treated Sidebum like a club bowler, or the best of them all, slog sweeping Swann and making him look rather ordinary. Actually, I think the young Kieswetter can learn from Tres as when Tres makes room, he just back away one step unlike Kies, who makes too much room and in the end, isn't able to reach the ball.
The greatest strength of Tres as a t/20 player is, he stands still in the crease which allows him to play lofted shots, or makes a little bit of room to play savage cuts through square of the wicket on the off side. He can also irritate the best of quick bowlers by playing late cuts and leg glances. Tres is no doubt a very good player of spin as well, as he uses the crease beautifully to hit the spinners out of their length. In fact, his duel with Swann was fascinating to watch. Swann has already showed that he loves bowling to left-handers, but Tres used his reach to good effect and played some breathtaking slog sweeps. Of course, Swann is a quality bowler as he exacted revenge by getting Tres stumped.
A lot has been made about Tres's lack of footwork but I like what Gower said about Tres,
"His technique bears some similarity to mine in terms of economy of movement. It relies on balance. People like to dream that batsmen move a long way forward and long way back but that is not reality.He does not need to move a long way but needs to move enough. Against quicker bowling you cannot move too early or you get in the wrong position. When he is playing well, he gets his weight going in the right direction without having to move his feet very far; he is very good at transferring weight. When he is not playing well, his feet get stuck"
Yesterday's knock bought me back all those great memories of him making the formidable Saffer attack at Wanderers look toothless, his savage attack on Australian bowlers at Edgbaston, the controlled aggression he displayed at Multan against Pakistan, his knock with England in trouble at Oval against South Africa and many more. I am sure if Strauss was watching yesterday's match, he would be wishing that one-day he can again open with Tres lol!